The Necessary Evils of Being an Adult

It’s one of those life things that makes us uncomfortable, yet we know it is the right thing to do…going to the Doctor’s office. After taking off your clothes and putting on that flimsy paper robe, you suddenly realize you have put your life in the hands of people who usually spend less than five minutes in your presence. The questions, the probing, the discussions and outcomes and suddenly you are alone again and getting dresses wondering what just happened. Good news is nothing is going wrong, bad news is you have to come back in six months or a year to do it all over again. This is called preventive medicine.

I am glad we live in a world where medicine does not involve leaches or strange remedies. I am glad we have capable Doctors and staff who know and understand their area of expertise. And I am very blessed to have good medical insurance that partners with me to prevent illness not just treat it. These appointments are a bit humiliating and roll back around before we even realize a year has passed. The alternative is to not have a physical every year and experience the ravages of disease that goes undetected.

There are so many things as adults that we do not like and yet are a necessary evil – figuring and paying our taxes, commuting to a work place, brushing our teeth, paying our bills, cleaning where we live, turning in time sheets, or completing your expense report – all of which are things we do not necessarily like to do but we do them as a result of being an adult. The prospect of NOT doing these things sounds attractive until we face a reality where they no longer exist. For example, no job so no need for a timesheet, or expense report, no driving to work and no need for taxes as we have no money…we can’t pay our bills and our family cannot make ends meet. Seeing it from that perspective I’ll do the less attractive things and gladly appreciate the benefits I am used to living with.

Driving home from the Doctor’s office I quickly forgot the pain and embarrassment and gave thanks for good health, good insurance and someone who was readily available to help me be healthy. That necessary evil suddenly didn’t look so evil more of an annoyance…like a little brother that follows you around when you want to be alone. You complain about it yet a life without it loses it’s attractiveness and falls rather flat.

Give thanks for the necessary evils of being an adult. Not everyone makes it this far, so be grateful that you are “burdened” living a life of “obligation” with responsibilities and unwelcome things to do. Let this serve as a reminder that a day above ground is a good day!

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